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The American way by PharmSystem in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]hyasbawlz 116 points117 points  (0 children)

Okay, I agree with you. It is possible, but that's my point, the options are limited. Nothing you've said is exclusive to what I said.

I want to put it in perspective. First, in order to cook, you have to have a kitchen. That is a big assumption to make, as not every housing unit actually contains a kitchen. I worked with housing homeless people, and often times we would have to give them vouchers for hotel rooms. You can't cook in a hotel room.

Second, in order to cook, you, as you said, need to have time. A federal minimum wage job is $7.25 an hour. Assuming you can earn that wage full time at 40 hours a week, which you normally can't, that gives you a monthly gross weekly income of $300, which will be reduced by taxes. Now, most employers paying minimum wage will not give you full time work hours to avoid giving you full-time benefits. Therefore, in order for this minimum wage worker to earn a full-time wage, they must work more than one job. That dramatically cuts your available time to cook, far more than any college student.

Third, many people also have families, be it parents, siblings, or children to take care of. Family care takes a lot of time and effort, or else it would not cost a shit load to pay someone else to do it.

Finally, you also aren't considering "food deserts." Unlike cities or more densely populated towns, many rural areas do not have legitimate grocery stores in a reasonable distance from a person's residential dwelling. For some people, travelling to get food can constitute an hour of travel or more. Again, cutting into time and quality of food, and that's assuming you have a car to get there with the attendant expenses of maintaining it.

All of the factors I listed can be true, in addition to what you said, and it would still end up that a majority of people will suffer because of it. When you are a worker, your time is your labor, and your labor is what makes money. This also says nothing to the mental distress that constantly laboring in poverty causes. As depression and drug addiction become crippling coping methods to deal with all of the issues I listed above.

The American way by PharmSystem in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]hujuru 1015 points1016 points  (0 children)

Could the unhealthy lifestyle be due to misinformation marketed by the food industry and a lack of basic health education? There should be labels on Coca-Cola cans like cigarette packs

Edit: I know that the misinformation and lack of education play a role in the unhealthy habits of an average American

The American way by PharmSystem in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]amanom13579 114 points115 points  (0 children)

Gonna have to disagree with you there. As a broke college student, I spent $14 a week on food. My main foods were beans, brown rice, eggs, green peppers, onions, bananas, and pasta. Problem was that I actually had to make time to cook. Anyways, point is, healthy eating can be cheap af. People just gotta make the time and actually learn how to cook. That along with realizing that you don’t need meat at every single meal. Still a problem in the way companies market foods. You don’t see tv commercials for green peppers. But not really a problem with access to cheap healthy foods.

But Doctor, I am Pagliacci by calcuslut in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]TempusVenisse -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

This is not unfair at all. The hypothetical other students could also have easily chosen to take the two similar classes and submit the same work. This penalizes the intelligent students and rewards only those willing to mindlessly follow orders. Working twice as hard for no reason is not an admirable quality and should not be promoted in our universities.

The professors and school are the ones who should bear the weight of this issue, if it is one. Don't allow two separate classes from two separate professors to teach the same material. College costs too much for that to be justifiable in any way.

If you can submit the same paper twice and have it be relevant/get good grades on both, that is a failure of the school, not of the student. But, of course, schools LOVE offloading their responsibility onto the students.

This term we're going to be studying 2020 by Devon-Day in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]Balkinbalkans 143 points144 points  (0 children)

The same way we can look back on any whacked out dictator from yesteryear and say "why did the people just sit back and accept this?"

Each generation thinks it is somehow unique and special and equipped not to repeat the same mistakes of the past.

But we're still fighting the Crusades in the Middle East and still fighting for civil rights at home. Nothing ever really changes. We only have the illusion of progress.

This term we're going to be studying 2020 by Devon-Day in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]Wandering_Apology 148 points149 points  (0 children)

You should know that i would give you an award if i only had the chance

This term we're going to be studying 2020 by Devon-Day in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]KnowMatter 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We need to cryogenically freeze Werner Herzog - we are going to need him in 60 years to help us process this era.

Wheres the kindness and humanity gone? by Currynrice9728 in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]emperorpocky 3453 points3454 points 2 (0 children)

As someone who has worked for a water utility company for about seven years now, I may be able to provide some insight on a few comments I see. Keep in mind I am in no way a spokesman for my own company, and everything below is my opinion or perceived experience.

"Water utilities cannot shut off your water because it is a necessity" Yes they absolutely can. Policies are often much more lenient on shutting off water than other utilities. People and places can often get medical waivers to avoid shutoff (like dialysis clinics). If you do not pay your bill for months on end, it would be shut off like any other utility. Water outdoors is technically free (though also often illegal to take for your own use), but having clean drinking water pumped to your house through pipelines maintained by a utility is a service that you have to pay for.

"Water should be free" That would be nice, but it is actually fairly expensive to make water safe to drink and even more expensive to treat the wastewater that comes back through the system to make it safe to put back into the environment. Due to natural monopolies, water utilities are regulated carefully enough to where any "profit" they make should be put directly back into the water system to keep everything working.

"This is fake, there is no way the water was turned off if the person was paying their bill" While the situation is unusual, if the family is receiving an unmetered service such as fire service (often unmetered as it is for emergencies) and then sharing that unmetered water with a neighbor, that could result in harsh penalties. A fire service is often separate from a family's main water line and can be shut off separately, but is usually provided to large businesses or massive homes rather than your average single family home.

"This is fake, $400 is a very high penalty" $400 is quite a bit where my company provides service, but I have heard of utility bills in areas where water is scarce being significantly more. The penalty in our company for unauthorized use of fire service, for example, is $500. Our highest penalty is $1200. This is a fee for when a customer only receives wastewater service from us. If they don't pay their sewer bill for several months and after several certified letters, we will dig down deep to their sewer service line and install an elder valve on their line (which stops flow of wastewater from the customer's property into the sewer system). This takes heavy equipment and a construction crew in addition to parts. The upside is, if the customer is a repeat offender, we don't have to charge them a massive fee a second time as the valve is already installed after their first offense. Usually a customer does not let this happen a second time.

F it by kevinowdziej in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]CochlearThunderclap 6035 points6036 points  (0 children)

Coronavirus: catch it your way

This by tetrahedron0 in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]TheGrizzlyOP 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Yeah I get it, you didn't work hard in high and couldn't get into college and now you work at walmart with minimum wage and it's capitalism that's the problem here

Only took one Zoom meeting to plan! by XTheDevistatorX in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]Racing_in_the_street 2650 points2651 points  (0 children)

How is everyone assuming kids will behave perfectly when adults themselves are acting like morons right now?

Only took one Zoom meeting to plan! by XTheDevistatorX in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]Ivanalan24 200 points201 points  (0 children)

You're right to be scared and I wish I had more advice for you than to be vigilant and to be as safe as you can. (I know, it's shitty advice.) But at 14, your classmates should have at least some semblance of awareness as to the gravity of the situation whereas elementary school children most definitely will not. It's been a long time since I've been in an elementary school classroom, but having elementary school aged nieces and nephews, I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say that those are some rambunctious motherfuckers.

They're full of a seemingly limitless amount energy that masks won't be able to contain. In my opinion, they are the real problem with reopening schools. And it's not even their fault. They're just kids being kids and not fully understanding the importance of socially distancing. Recess is a way for them to get out some of that excess energy. How are they supposed to be socially distancing during recess? In Gym class? Hell, in the regular classroom? I want all children to go back to school as soon as possible, if for no other reason than it's good for their development. But I really think reopening schools right now is irresponsible.

And as always, the teachers are the ones who are going suffer. They are the ones who will have to discipline the kids for not socially distancing. They are the ones who will be affected when there is an inevitable Covid-19 outbreak. As dramatic as it may sound, they're putting their lives on the line if they go back to work. That doesn't seem fair to me.

Illegal immigrants by My_Memes_Will_Cure_U in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]byronj2007 4706 points4707 points 2 (0 children)

Not once, ever, has someone taken someone else's job in this scenario.

Whomever you work for gave your job to someone else because they would do it for less money. The person looking for work is not your enemy, the person that decided making another dollar was better than you making no dollars is your enemy.

Direct your ire accordingly.

Edit: Whoa, thanks for the gold!